The Old Man cast features Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow and E. J. Bonilla. This info article contains minor spoilers for Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg’s FX series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
The Old Man follows a former CIA agent named Dan Chase. He lives off the grid and goes on the run after killing a home intruder. The narrative explores Dan’s psychological state and unique friendship with an agenda-protecting FBI agent. Here’s every main performer and character in The Old Man, an adaptation of Thomas Perry’s 1997 novel.
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The Old Man Cast: Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase
Character Profile: A former CIA agent. He struggles physically and psychologically after losing his wife to Huntington’s disease. Dan flees to Massachusetts after being tracked down by the CIA and receives tips from a former colleague.
Bridges’ Resume: Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show (1971), Scudder in 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), The Dude in The Big Lebowski (1998), Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009), Marcus Hamilton in Hell or High Water (2016)
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The Old Man Cast: John Lithgow as Harold Harper
Character Profile: A high-ranking FBI officer. He grieves the death of his son and daughter-in-law. Harold initially tips off Dan and then hires an assassin to kill him.
Lithgow’s Resume: Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp (1982), Eric Qualen in Cliffhanger (1993), Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), Arthur Mitchell in Dexter (2009), Winston Churchill in The Crown (2016-19)
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The Old Man Cast: E. J. Bonilla as Raymond Waters
Character Profile: The CIA’s assistant director. He suspects that Harold is secretly helping Dan. Raymond reveals his concerns to an FBI liaison and doesn’t fully understand the big picture.
Bonilla’s Resume: Rafe Rivera in Guiding Light (2007-09), Dexter in Four (2012), Lt. Shane Aguero in The Long Road Home (2017), Marino in Gemini Man (2019), Gonzalo Martinez in The Kitchen (2019)
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The Old Man Cast: Bill Heck as Young Dan Chase
Character Profile: A younger version of the title character. He hopes to live a stable life with his partner, Abbey. Young Dan helps a Middle Eastern warlord named Hamzad fight against Russian forces during the 80s.
Heck’s Resume: Billy Knapp in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), Beecham in The Alienist (2018), Rendell Locke in Locke & Key (2020-21), Eddie in I’m Your Woman (2020), Bruce in I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021)
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The Old Man Cast: Leem Lubany as Young Abbey Chase
Character Profile: A younger version of Dan’s late wife. During the 80s timeline, she is married to Hamzad and protects him from the American government’s political agendas. Abbey (originally named Belour) later moves to the United States with Dan.
Lubany’s Resume: Nadia in Omar (2013), Shadya in From A to B (2014), Gabrielle Joubert in Condor (2018-20), Asefa in Saint Judy (2018), Sawsan al-Khafaji in Baghdad Central (2020)
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The Old Man Cast: Alia Shawkat as Angela Adams
Character Profile: An FBI agent, the daughter of Dan and Abbey. She is Harold’s protégé and trusted colleague. Angela manipulates Raymond as he tries to understand Dan’s connection to Hamzad.
Shawkat’s Resume: Maeby Fünke in Arrested Development (2003-19), Fiona in The Do List (2013), Dory Sief in Search Party (2016-), Lila in Transparent (2017-19), Madelyn Pugh in Being the Ricardos (2021)
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The Old Man Cast: Amy Brenneman as Zoe McDonald
Character Profile: A Massachusetts native. She rents a home to Dan but asks for advanced payments because of his dogs. Zoe pursues a romantic relationship with “the old man.”
Brenneman’s Resume: Eady in Heat (1995),Amy Gray in Judging Amy (1999-2005), Laurie Garvey in The Leftovers (2014-17), Diana Blackwood in Goliath (2019-), Diana Morgan in Sweet Girl (2021)
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The Old Man cast also includes Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce), Kenneth Mitchell (Miracle, Jericho), Navid Negahban (Homeland, Aladdin), Pej Vahdat (Shameless, City on a Hill), Noor Razooky (SEAL Team, Continuance), Hiam Abbass (Ramy, Succession), Joel Grey (Cabaret, Dancer in the Dark) and Christopher Redman (Workin’ Moms, Genius).
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